Re: Must documentation always follow the UI?

Subject: Re: Must documentation always follow the UI?
From: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:34:50 -0500

It's not always all about task-based documentation. There is a time and place for reference documentation. At some point, users need to be able to understand every UI element even when we don't provide them with documentation for a task that uses that particular element.

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Mike
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On 2015-09-23 2:26 pm, John G wrote:

I try not to build a monument to the UI if I can possibly avoid it. The UI
exists in the code - why does it have to be reiterated in the documentation?

If you're writing task based content, just tell them how to use the UI -
Click "Abercrombie" to order high-markup clothes for preppies - but you
don't have to recount how and in what order things are organized on the
page - they can see that.

And if you are presenting the contents of the page, for example, as links
to more information, I'd take a stab at listing the ones most likely to be
used first, and the ones least likely to be used last.

tldr; Don't describe the page in words, and consider what the user is doing
with the page and cater to their needs.

My 2Â,

JG
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